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Thomas Cole

Q&A with Thomas R. Cole, PhD, FGSA, from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Houston, Texas.

sefcikMeet Thomas.

"I would advise humanities scholars to become familiar with and collaborate with social gerontologists and geriatricians. I would advise social gerontologists and geriatricians to become familiar with and collaborate with humanities scholars and researchers who work in areas of creativity and who address questions of meaning and value, which are largely absent in mainstream gerontology."

Q: How long have you been a GSA member?
A: I became a member in 1983 and have worked as a scholar and teacher to bring humanities and ethics to bear on aspects of aging and gerontology.

Q:  How has membership in GSA benefited you?
A: GSA has helped me learn about and contribute to ethical issues in gerontological/geriatric practice. And my past leadership in on the Humanities and Arts Committee and work with The Gerontologist has been excellent experience and allowed me to help found and work in the new field of humanistic gerontology.

Q: How did you get interested in the field of aging?
A: Personal concern for older family members as well a their impact on me.

Q: Are you a member of a GSA Interest Group?
A: Humanities and Arts.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at your job?
A: Administer a humanities and ethics Center at McGovern Medical School in Houston; produce scholarship in the fields of Humanistic Gerontology and Medical Humanities.

Q: What is your most memorable research/patient experience? OR What has been your most memorable experience in gerontology and aging research?
A: Becoming the Founding Editor of several editions of the Handbook of Humanities and Aging. Giving the 2018 Keynote at the opening session of the GSA meeting.

Q: Do you have any tips for emerging gerontologists?
A: I would advise humanities scholars to become familiar with and collaborate with social gerontologists and geriatricians. I would advise social gerontologists and geriatricians to become familiar with and collaborate with humanities scholars and researchers who work in areas of creativity and who address questions of meaning and value, which are largely absent in mainstream gerontology.

Q: Tell us a little about your most recent activities/accomplishments.
A: New book: Old Man Country, based personal search for meaning thru interviews with 12 accomplished male elders.

Q: Have you had an important mentor in your career?
A: Robert Butler, David Van Tassel, Robert Kastenbaum

Want to ask Thomas a question? Contact him on GSA Connect!

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